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Asian Handicap betting

Asian Handicap
Asian Handicap is a bet type designed to even out the soccer game for betting purposes, and eliminate the draw.

The Handicap
The handicap is given in an attempt to make the two teams equal for betting purposes. The Handicap is given as head start to the underdog, so they have a virtual lead in the game. E.g. 1/2 goal (0.5), 1 goal (1), etc.

For betting purposes, the winning team is decided on the final score, after 90 minutes (normal time) after taking the handicap into account.

There are two types of Asian Handicaps, namely, Single Handicaps and Split (Double or Quarter) Handicaps.

Negative Handicaps (Given to the Favourite)
A negative or minus handicap is given to the team considered more likely to win (the favourite). The favourite has to overcome the indicated handicap and will have it taken away from its final score. The handicap for the favourite is preceded by a minus (-) sign.

Positive Handicaps (Given to the Underdog)
A positive or plus handicap is given to the team considered less likely to win (the underdog). The underdog is given a head start, and will have the handicap added to its final score. The handicap for the underdog is preceded by a plus (+) sign.  

Single Handicap

0.5 ball handicap
In this example, the underdogs will start the game with a score of +0.5. In effect, this means that there can’t be a draw result when the handicap is included. The favorite will have to win by at least 1 goal to win the bet, while bets on the underdog will win with any other result.

0 ball handicap
If the two teams are evenly matched, a 0 ball handicap will be offered. In this case you can bet on either team to win the match. If the match ends in a draw all bets are refunded.

1 ball handicap
In this example, the favourite will start the game with a score of -1. This means that the favourite must win by 2 or more goals to win the bet. The bet will be refunded if the favourite only beat the underdogs by 1 goal. Conversely, the underdog will win the bet if only they win or draw the match, while the bets will be refunded if the favourite only beat the underdogs by 1 goal.

Note: You must either deduct the handicap from the favourite or add it to the underdogs’ final score – not both.

Example 1: Liverpool vs. Arsenal (Negative Handicap)

In this example, Liverpool is considered the favourite for the match. As such, the handicap offered for the game is Liverpool -0.5 at 2.18 to beat Arsenal. 

This means that Liverpool will need to beat Arsenal by at least 1 goal for the bet to win. To calculate the return, simply multiply the stake (amount bet) by the price (2.18).

Scenario 1: Player bets $50 Liverpool -0.5 at 2.18. Final score is Liverpool 0, Arsenal 1.

  1. Calculating if the bet is a winner. To calculate if the bet is a winner, simply subtract the handicap from the final score. In this scenario Liverpool’s adjusted score is -0.5 (final score of 0 less the handicap of 0.5). As such, Liverpool loses the match -0.5 goal to 1 goal.
  2. Calculating the return. As Liverpool’s adjusted score did not win the match, the bet loses.

Scenario 2: Player bets $250 on Liverpool -0.5 at 2.18. Final score is Liverpool 5, Arsenal 3.

  1. Calculating if the bet is a winner. To calculate if the bet is a winner, simply subtract the handicap from the final score. In this scenario Liverpool’s adjusted score is 4.5 (final score of 5 less the handicap of 0.5). As such, Liverpool wins the match 4.5 goals to 3 goals.
  2. Calculating the return. To calculate the return on a winning bet, multiply the stake by the odds (i.e. $250 x 1.82) = a return of $545. As such, the player’s profit is $205 (Return less original stake).

Example 2: Athletic vs. Brighton 

In this example, Athletic is considered the favourite for the match. As such, the handicap offered for the game is Athletic-1 at 2.13 to beat Brighton. 

This means that Athletic will need to beat Brighton by at least 2 goals for the bet to win, and 1 goal for the bet to draw. To calculate the return, simply multiply the stake (amount bet) by the price (2.13).

Scenario 1: Player bets $50 on Athletic-1 at 1.67. Final score is Athletic 3, Brighton 2.

  1. Calculating if the bet is a winner. To calculate if the bet is a winner, simply subtract the handicap from the final score. In this scenario Athletic’s adjusted score is 2 (final score of 3 less the handicap of 1). As such, the match draws – Athletic 2, Brighton 2.
  2. Calculating the return. In instances where the match is drawn, the bet is refunded in full (also known as a push).

Scenario 2: Player bets $50 on Athletic-1 at 1.67. Final score is Athletic 3, Brighton 3.

  1. Calculating if the bet is a winner. To calculate if the bet is a winner, simply subtract the handicap from the final score. In this scenario Athletics’ adjusted score is 2 (final score of 3 less the handicap of 1). As such, Brighton wins – Charlton Athletic 2, Brighton 3.
  2. Calculating the return. As Athletic‘s adjusted score did not win the match, the bet loses.

Scenario 3: Player bets $200 on Brighton +1 at 5.00. Final score is Athletic 3, Brighton 3.

  1. Calculating if the bet is a winner. To calculate if the bet is a winner, simply add the handicap to the final score. In this scenario Brighton’s adjusted score is 4 (final score of 3 plus the handicap of 1). As such, the adjusted score is now Athletic 3, Brighton 4.
  2. Calculating the return. To calculate the return on a winning bet, multiply the stake by the odds (i.e. $200 x 5.00) = a return of $1,000. As such, the player’s profit is $800 (Return less original stake).

NB: Remember, if the adjusted score after adding the handicap is a draw, the bet is refunded in full. Likewise, if a bet is placed on a handicap of (0), and the match is drawn – the bet is refunded.

Split Handicaps 

Split handicaps are two handicaps rolled into one. The best way to understand this type of handicap is to imagine that the player has had two separate bets, with the stake being split equally between the two handicaps. This can result in the following scenarios:

Example 1: Exeter City vs. Bristol Rovers

Scenario: Player bets $100 on Exeter City -0/-0.5 at 2.06. Final score is Exeter City 2, Bristol Rovers 2.

#1 Splitting the bet into two separate queries. For the purposes of resolving the query, the bet should be viewed as two separate bets.

#2 Calculating if the bet is a winner.

#3 Calculating the return.

Live Betting (‘In-Play’ or ‘Running Ball’)
The only difference between Live Betting and pre-game betting is that there may have already been goals scored in the match. At the point that a player places a bet, the current score in the match will also be recorded. For the purposes of the bet, any goals already scored are treated as being irrelevant and only scores placed after the bet count for the outcome of the wager. I.e. players are betting on the remainder of the match only.

In Under and Over Live betting, players are betting on the total number of goals scored in the match during normal time. This means that any previous goals scored in the match are included the outcome of the wager.

Example 1: Live bet placed with live score of Chelsea 2, Everton 1
To determine the outcome of a bet, the same rules as for pre-game betting apply. The only difference is that the Live Score must be deducted from the Final Score when determining if a bet is a winner.

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